Professional golf is headed back to St. Louis. The PGA of America has announced that Bellerive Country Club will be the site of the 2013 Senior PGA Championship and the 2018 PGA Championship.

    Bellerive will become the third venue to host all four of the country’s rotating major championships—the Senior PGA Championship, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and the U.S. Senior Open. Bellerive, a par-71, 7,547-yard layout, underwent a yearlong renovation guided by Rees Jones, son of the late original architect, and was reopened in October 2006. Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., a member of the U.S. Golf Association executive committee, says he is happy St. Louis has big tournaments back in the area. “Any time you can bring championship golf to St. Louis to enhance the game here and show our region this great sport we all love, it’s a great day.”

High school boys golf coach dies

    Mark Wade, the Parkway South golf coach who led the Patriots to a state championship in 2000 and to seven district championships in the last 11 years, passed away April 30. Wade, 59, suffered an apparent heart attack. He also was a 30-year math educator and coach at Parkway South. Junior varsity coach Jason Koehrer moved up to coach the Patriots.

MAGA/Gateway PGA Cup

    The Gateway PGA Professionals held their championship by defeating the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association amateurs 15 1/2 to 12 1/2 in their two-day event at Glen Echo Country Club. “The matches were very competitive,” says Gateway PGA captain Brett Moomey. “It’s always great to come out on top, especially when you are a part of a team with your friends and colleagues.”

Publinx Open

    The annual event in Forest Park is one local golfers always mark on the calendar. This year’s event saw 41-year-old Joe Molitor win the amateur division. Westminster Christian Academy senior Ryan Haxel was second with a 68. Tower Tee pro Bob Gaus won the pro division with a 68. Rich Jarrett took the senior division with a 72.

High school girls golf

    There will be a new girls golf coach this fall at MICDS. Steve Johnston will succeed Scott Small, who was recently named head of Upper School. Johnston has been the junior varsity coach since 2003.

    Johnston is happy to move up to the varsity, saying, “There’s nothing better than teaching a student something about their swing and watching their light bulb go on” 

    If you have any golf news, let me know. You can contact me at Thanks for reading and remember, you can’t birdie them all unless you birdie the first hole.  LN

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